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aljazeeraamerica:

Navajo Nation opposes uranium mine on sacred site in New Mexico 

GRANTS, N.M. — In a small valley on the southeastern edge of the Navajo Nation lies a pair of light brown dirt mounds. At first glance they blend into the area’s natural mountainous and mesa-rich landscape. These features, though, are anything but: Hiding underneath their sandy topsoil is radioactive waste.
"I’m sandwiched between these tailings piles," said Bertha Nez as she stood outside her modest stucco home, eyeing the mounds of mining waste about 100 yards away. "The kids have asthma, my sister had cancer — lymphoma — then my dad, and some people that worked in the uranium mine, they have respiratory problems and some have kidney problems."

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Photo: Carrie Jung

aljazeeraamerica:

Navajo Nation opposes uranium mine on sacred site in New Mexico 

GRANTS, N.M. — In a small valley on the southeastern edge of the Navajo Nation lies a pair of light brown dirt mounds. At first glance they blend into the area’s natural mountainous and mesa-rich landscape. These features, though, are anything but: Hiding underneath their sandy topsoil is radioactive waste.

"I’m sandwiched between these tailings piles," said Bertha Nez as she stood outside her modest stucco home, eyeing the mounds of mining waste about 100 yards away. "The kids have asthma, my sister had cancer — lymphoma — then my dad, and some people that worked in the uranium mine, they have respiratory problems and some have kidney problems."

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Photo: Carrie Jung

joshrushing:

Check out this report about a FARC attack in Cauca, Colombia, last week:

http://latamcommunique.wordpress.com/2011/07/10/farc-attack-leaves-3-dead-in-toribio-cauca/

Parts of our show, Gold Fever (above), were filmed in the vicinity of this attack. The scenes at the end of the program were filmed in Mondomo which is about 25 miles west of where this attack took place in Toribio. 

Gold fever is sweeping across South America. Nowhere is it more lethal than in Colombia, where the gold rush has become a new axle in Colombia’s civil war. Turf wars are erupting between paramilitaries, and leftist rebel groups fighting to take control of mining regions. It’s fueling an old ideological conflict and has displacing hundreds of people.

Helicopter raids by the Colombian Army on small community mining collectives have become commonplace, and the Colombian government is accused of targeting poor workers to protect big business interests, and operating with impunity from human rights violations.

Thousands have fled their homes where land is violently contested, and others live in fear they’ll be removed from their land, arrested, or killed.

The multinationals are flooding in too. With gold now worth around $1,500 an ounce, everyone is getting in on the act, including North American mining companies. Colombia’s pro-business mentality has seen arbitrary concessions by the state sold to multinational companies, often on indigenous land.

Fault Lines traveled to Colombia to speak to the people caught in the middle. The rural workers and artisan miners who’ve mined for generations, and some whose ancestors were enslaved during the first gold rush centuries ago. Others are former coca farmers, put out of work by the US-led Plan Colombia.

First aired: Monday, July 4, 2011 2230 GMT on Al Jazeera English.

(Also, see the livetweets from the episode on @AJFaultLines @eliza19 and @joshrushing .)

joshrushing:

Colombia-10 on Flickr.
Via Flickr: Child miner at work. He was hoping to make enough money to buy books so he could go to school.

See this episode, “Colombia’s Gold Rush,” tonight 6:30p EST (2230 GMT) on Al Jazeera English. We’ll post the entire episode online right after the show.

joshrushing:

Colombia-10 on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Child miner at work. He was hoping to make enough money to buy books so he could go to school.

See this episode, “Colombia’s Gold Rush,” tonight 6:30p EST (2230 GMT) on Al Jazeera English. We’ll post the entire episode online right after the show.

joshrushing:

Mining for gold on Flickr.
Via Flickr: Miners in Mondomo are poisoning the town’s water according to the local mayor of Santander de Quilichao.

The next episode of Fault Lines, “Colombia’s Gold Rush,” airs Monday, July 4th on Al Jazeera English at 2230 GMT (6:30p EST).

joshrushing:

Mining for gold on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Miners in Mondomo are poisoning the town’s water according to the local mayor of Santander de Quilichao.

The next episode of Fault Lines, “Colombia’s Gold Rush,” airs Monday, July 4th on Al Jazeera English at 2230 GMT (6:30p EST).

Orofino Gold Corporation - ORFG: Orofino Announces that a Moratorium on Mining Permits by the Colombian Government Shouldn't Be An Issue

http://orfg.org/post/5246473969

orfg:

Medellin, Colombia – April 6, 2011 – Recent growth of global interest in Colombia mineral potential as a result, in part, of the purchase of Ventana Gold Corp (VEN.TO) by Brazilian Billionaire Eike Batista for approximately $1.5 billion, has lead to the issuing of a six month moratorium on new…

The next episode of Fault Lines, “Colombia’s Gold Rush,” airs Monday, July 4th on Al Jazeera English at 2230 GMT (6:30p EST).

(via orfg)